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Hidden 80′s Gems – Part 7 1987

Robbie Robertson
Who dosent like dipping into those studio album with an dream casting of artists, and that is what we got with Robbie Robertson’s self titled solo album, from 1987. I had no problems chosing this album as my 1987 gem, it’s a perfect example of late 1980’s new wave sound, its not that well know, but a true masterpiece, co-produced with Robertson by Daniel Lanois, who was also involved with U2 and Gabriel at the time.

Fresh from recording Peter Gabriels “So”, and three King Crimson albums in the early 80’s, Tony Levin drips his master bass sounds on this album, before he takes part in the Yes reunion formed as “Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe” the following year. Levin deliver a solid rhythm section with Manu Katché, who he was also playing with on “So”, not to mention that Peter Gabriel himself, also appears as backup vocalist, and keyboard player on a few tracks. Also Jazz legend Gil Evans, Bassist Larry Klein, and members from The Band, contributed to the album.

All four members of U2, forms the backing band on two tracks, “Sweet Fire of Love” co-written by U2 and Robertson. The tracks have a nice U2 feel about them, but are still very much Robertson’s, and melt perfectly with the other tracks on the album.

At this point I guess some are thinking, that’s all fine but who is this mister Robertson able to get those big names to play on his album ?, Robertson was one of the founding members, the main songwriter, and lead guitarist of Canadian “The Band”, known for their work as Bob Dylan’s backing band, when he turned electric in the late 60’s. The Band had a track on the legendary Easy Rider soundtrack.

The Band is also knows for their legendary farewell concert The Last Waltz, featuring a list of names, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Paul Butterfield and more. The Concert was the basis of Martin Scorsese documentary The Last Waltz released in 1978, still ranked as one of the best Rock films ever made.

The Band and Neil Young from The Last Waltz

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The Call – Blood Red (America)

The 80’s incarnation of the phenomena mainstream Rock, never had the big impact on me, not a big fan of Springsteen, Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, and that sort of thing, but some rock bands, did some very good albums, one of my favorite 80’s band was “The Call”, from Santa Cruz, California and particularly their 1986 album “Reconciled”.

Blood Red (America)

Im not sure if I should call them Mainstream, New Wave, or Alternative, it is somewhere in between.
It is plain and simple, basic rock music, very intense and emotional, and kicking my sorry ass to pieces. Can’t believe they never got that big international breakthrough they deserve.

Everywhere I Go

Legendary guitarist Robbie Robertson of The Band appeared on “The Morning””, Jim Kerr and Peter Gabriel backing vocals on “Everywhere I Go” . Michael returned the favor by singing on Gabriels’ LP So, as well as Simple Minds’ album Once Upon A Time.

The Morning

The Call disbanded in 2000, front man Michael Been died in 2010, after a heart attack.